Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
South Plainfield
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  • Onezumi H.
    "My steam pot was missing sausage."(3 Tips)
    Ashley G.
    "Get the BBQ snow crab and finish off with the crabby apple crumble"(11 Tips)
    Wei V.
    "Try the Shrimp And Crawfish Mix (cajun Sensation) - :) too spicy"(4 Tips)
    sam h.
    "Good service good food"(2 Tips)
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  • Karrie
    KarrieDecember 2, 2012
    Create your own crab bucket: 1) choose your crab from 7 choices, then 2) pick a flavors from a pool of 8. Dance along the tunes with the bib, have fun and enjoy your crabs.
  • Melanie R.
    Melanie Rollis SafnerJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    We came once around dinner time and the wait was so long.. Now we come earlier, around 3, and have never had to wait. Crab nachos are fantastic way to start your meal.
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy CalvanoJuly 28, 2011
    If you have kids and it is warm enough eat outside. There is an awesome private playground for them to run around in and it it MUCH quieter.
  • Joy A.
    Joy AbiogJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    for a party of 2, it took us less than 30 minutes to get a table. of course, we went after dinnertime. definitely worth the wait!
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley GonzalesApril 16, 2011
    The wait is crazy long most times but worth it. Get the BBQ snow crab and finish off with the crabby apple crumble
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MadjeskiSeptember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is always amazing. Love the staff. Miss working here.
  • Danielle C.
    Danielle CrawfordNovember 6, 2015
    Patio Punch...I love this drink. Oh and of course the food here is good.
  • Aqiylah
    AqiylahAugust 25, 2012
    If u love SPICY/HOT then the "spicy boiled crab" is def the way to go!!!!!! LOVE THE FLAVOR!!!!
  • Victor V.
    Victor VargasOctober 15, 2011
    You gotta try the "Balls of fire"; a mix of shrimp, crab and jalapeño, they're awesome...!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SternJuly 3, 2010
    If you don't mind eating at the bar, you can save an hour or so eating there instead of a table. Plus, the bartenders are really cool!
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AOctober 5, 2014
    Khai as a great server. Very friendly and helpful. Great time and food
  • Michael C.
    Michael CinquegranaNovember 10, 2013
    Wear the bib! You'll regret it if you don't! Haha! First dates beware ... this is dig in kind of eatin'!
  • Miyoshi D.
    Miyoshi DeSouzaSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Waited 2 hrs but it was well worth it. I had the fried calamari, lobster bisque and the samuel adams pot! All delicious!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LutherJune 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Say Hi to Meghan at the bar! Tell her Luther sent you.
  • Erica S.
    Erica StolteDecember 16, 2014
    Really expensive it was amazing food but it cost $18 for 2 crab legs....
  • Wendy T.
    Wendy TomSeptember 3, 2012
    Good time to go is late @ nite around 8pm. No wait and not a lot of people.
  • sweet p.
    sweet peaDecember 4, 2010
    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE....ALWAYES EAT OUTSIDE N ORDER A DRINK...GOOD FUN N REAL GD FOOD
  • Cia
    CiaMarch 13, 2014
    most fun for miles and miles
  • Sara W.
    Sara WiseNovember 15, 2012
    Vern is the best. He really makes the trip worth while.
  • Jason
    JasonJuly 15, 2010
    Always a long wait but its so worth it. Order the shark bite drink. Its hilarious.
  • Dave O.
    Dave OrtegaJuly 19, 2013
    Go to any other Joe's anywhere, just not this one. The service was terrible, the food was worse and management is utterly useless. If you want to go to Joe's just take the trip to a different one.
  • Jason A.
    Jason AmatoOctober 8, 2012
    Caution: Food is spicy and they do not caution you. I did enjoy it, but others in my party did not.
  • M. Justin B.
    M. Justin BrantleyFebruary 23, 2011
    Try the popcorn shrimp for all of you shrimp lovers out there!
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa M.July 29, 2011
    Try the Coronita Rita- beer inverted in a margarita. Paradise!
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GoleyJune 12, 2011
    When the waiters/waitresses are dancing....TICKlE THEIR ARMPITS.
  • Klaudia F.
    Klaudia FraszczykSeptember 1, 2011
    Servers and extremely nice, food is fast and delish.
  • Lorenzo L.
    Lorenzo LinarducciJanuary 28, 2015
    Don't tell them it's your birthday. They will perform unspeakable acts.
  • Joanna
    JoannaNovember 29, 2010
    be prepared for dinner to wait a VERY long time...arrive early. its a small place
  • Corrin S.
    Corrin SwepsonApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Hush Puppies are AMAZING
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynJune 5, 2011
    Try the Shrimp And Crawfish Mix (cajun Sensation) - :) too spicy
  • Takeshi Y.
    Takeshi YamamotoJanuary 12, 2012
    Anyone who says it's too lots has no idea what joes is about. Those complaints ruined the joes experience.
  • Onezumi H.
    Onezumi HartsteinJuly 4, 2013
    Slowest service ever not even counting the wait. Over 2 hours at our table just to eat. Bathrooms totally out of TP. Towel dispensers broken. My steam pot was missing sausage.
  • Sonja P.
    Sonja PMarch 5, 2011
    Ragin Cajun steampot is da Bomb...fire grilled if course!!
  • David
    DavidFebruary 2, 2013
    The worst service. Made u wait 10 minutes for a table and the place is empty. Finally got a table an waited 15 for the waiter to acknowledge you. The worst service ever.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RaimondiJuly 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Wear the bib they give you because some people tend to get sloppy with the butter.
  • Amol U.
    Amol UtrankarJanuary 2, 2015
    Decent food, but the culture of the place (bibs, loud music) may not be your thing.
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BellottiMarch 13, 2011
    This place is AESOME!!! Try the Samuel Adams Steam Pot!!
  • Danielle I.
    Danielle InmanJuly 10, 2013
    $2 Tuesdays are worth it..
  • Lucky
    LuckySeptember 10, 2014
    Love the combo
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DeVoneApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Manager was a real asshole (when my order was wrong and to his staff)!
  • Dan S.
    Dan SurmanMay 21, 2012
    Music could be lower around lunch time
  • Martyna M.
    Martyna MotykaJuly 2, 2013
    ANGIE IS THE BEST SERVER EVER
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos BrandonJanuary 10, 2013
    Vern is the best server!!!
  • Ernie O.
    Ernie OportoJune 29, 2011
    Try the Peel and Eat Shrimp
  • Christina
    ChristinaJanuary 2, 2012
    Restaurant fairly empty; no wait to get a table yet 2 adults and 2 kids waiting 20 minutes for food? Ridiculous, and this is us giving them a second chance.
  • Ashleigh S.
    Ashleigh ShimallaAugust 4, 2010
    Great place to eat! Fun atmosphere and food!
  • James S.
    James SmithAugust 31, 2010
    Unless you are completely unconcerned about the value of money, avoid this place and steam your own crabs at home. The service is horrendous, there's no value in the menu and the drinks suck!
  • Karlton U.
    Karlton UtterJune 23, 2011
    Service is not good. Food is decent. I don't want to pay 20 bucks an entree and sit on picnic benches. Not what I expected.
  • sam h.
    sam harrisJuly 31, 2013
    Good service good food
  • Jody L.
    Jody LarsonJuly 21, 2012
    Here's a tip, dont bet on horses!
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